Sunday, November 27, 2016

Christmas Tree Picking

This year, instead of our usual Christmas tree pickup, we decided to go out and cut our own. There's a tree farm not 20 minutes from our house, so we went out and picked a beautiful fresh pine tree for our living room. We had gotten snow a couple days before this, but it all melted away, leaving a damp, muddy ground for walking. Despite the lack of snow, it was still pretty chilly!

Surprisingly, it took a while to decide which tree to get - there were SO MANY perfect ones. We had to keep in mind, though, that our living room ceiling is only 8 feet high. It was really hard to resist some truly beautiful - and enormous - trees. I mean, they're just trees, but trust me, they were beautiful. And the smell. I will never understand people who use fake Christmas trees. Nothing against them, of course. That's just not my type of Christmas tree.

Mother and sister tree analyzing.

Brother tree gazing.

Father tree hunting.

Sister is home!

When we finally got home and rearranged the living room so that we could squish our tree into the corner, my mom strung up the lights and my brother, sister, and I set to work, opening our buckets of ornaments from Christmas's past.

My mom has always put colorful lights on our Christmas tree - we've never had a themed or strict color-coordinated Christmas tree. Each year my mom - er, I mean Santa - gets us a new ornament to add to our collection, and then on the tree it goes!

My very first Christmas ornament. Very baby-appropriate. Squishy and jolly.

Mamma sock monkey.

Papa sock money. 

I hope you enjoyed my pictures! Leave a comment below telling me what kind of Christmas tree you have and how you decorate it, and thanks for reading.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thankful For...

I know, I know, it's totally cliche to do a post like this the day before Thanksgiving. But I was thinking: even though the reality is that Thanksgiving itself was founded because of a horrific and pretty shameful historical event, it still warrants a post like this because there's nothing wrong with sitting down and reflecting - truly reflecting - on what you're thankful for. 

So here's what I'm thankful for.

I'm thankful for warm beds and candles, for journals and pens and good books. I'm thankful for fuzzy socks and hot chocolate and fresh air and clean water, and especially for pizza. This wouldn't be a proper list without pizza. And bread. I'm thankful for that, too.

I'm thankful for my mom and dad who love me and support me, and I guess I'm thankful for my brother and sister. Just don't tell them I said that. I'm thankful for my education, even though I'm pretty sure I'll go prematurely grey because of it.

I'm thankful for my friends and for late nights and laughing fits. I'm thankful for matching PJ's and Gilmore Girls marathons (you know who you are) and I'm thankful for the changing seasons.

I'm thankful for all dogs everywhere, especially mine. I'm thankful for cats too, in case you were wondering. I'm just a little more thankful for dogs, that's all. I'm thankful for sleep and dreams and strong women and role models, for people who inspire and people who create.

I'm thankful for a whole lot of other things, but I want to know what you're thankful for.

Leave a comment letting me know! Thanks for reading, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Book Favorite: Americanah

Surprise! A book favorite? What? It's been too long!

I'm reading Americanah, an award winning novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, in my African American Literature class - I know, I know, how dare I try to share with you a book I'm reading in school because it's probably boring and uninteresting FALSE. This is one of the best novels I have read. It's not some fluffy YA novel (not that there's anything wrong with that, I love me some good YA fiction), but it's also not slow or boring or a million pages long.

Americanah is the story of a Nigerian woman named Ifemelu who moves to America to attend university. The story addresses race and identity, and even has an inter-woven love story amidst the trials and tribulations Ifemelu faces in trying to adapt to American culture. It's heart-warming and eye-opening and I just really recommend it.

So if you're in the market for a story that might change your perspective of the world, but you don't want a story that will send your brain into a downward spiral of confusion, give Americanah a try.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Do you have any great book recommendations? If so, leave it in the comments below! 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Happy November

Yes, I realize that I stopped blogging halfway through the month of October. Yes, I had a post or two planned. No, I did not actually write those posts. It's just school, ya know? I'm already passed midterm and I can't help but feel slightly panicked and slightly excited for the end of the term. Panicked because I know a whole lot of due dates are going to come at me like a freight train, excited because Thanksgiving and CHRISTMAS.

A few things have happened/decisions have been made in the past few weeks that I just wanted to share, because why not. Plus it gives me an excuse to actually post something. Anyways, yesterday I had my advising meeting and I'm happy to say that I'm finally leaving the Gen Eds behind (begone, Chemistry and Stats!) and focusing on English classes for my Literature with a Writing Emphasis major, and I've also decided to take a Communications class for a potential Public Relations minor.

I've also decided that I want to study abroad in Ireland, probably next year in my junior year at school, and preferably during second/Spring semester. There are two programs, one in Galway and the other in Dublin, but as of right now I'm still undecided about which program I prefer. Either way, I am most definitely going overseas for a semester.

And that's pretty much all I have to say at the moment, other than I am fully participating in No-Shave October AND November because I haven't shaved my legs in at least a month. And I don't plan to anytime soon. Too much information? Probably. Thanks for reading, I'll try to be a better blogger this month, I give you my unreliable word. Happy November!